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LIBRARY 101  

A quick start guide to the library at PLU
Last Updated: Aug 5, 2013 URL: http://findit.library.plu.edu/library101 Print Guide RSS Updates
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LIBRARY WEBSITE

library website

The Library Website is the place to start your research both on and off campus.


The website provides the tools you need to locate and access full-text journal articles, e-books, streaming music, and reference help 24/7.

You can also find out what books, DVDs & CDs the library has available.




 

FINDING BOOKS & JOURNAL ARTICLES


search boxUse the search box on the library’s home page to search the catalog and multiple databases simultaneously. In addition to resources available through the  PLU Library, you can also select to view items available at other libraries worldwide and request them through Interlibrary Loan.

 

HOW TO FIND SPECIALIZED JOURNALS

      If you’re looking for one or several articles on a specific subject, and you haven’t had success with a general search:

  1. Use the Research a Subject link in the navigation bar on the top of any page of the library website
  2. Click on a course subject link (for example, History)
  3. The next page will give you links to key online databases for that subject
  4. Click on a database name and enter your search terms; most databases link to full-text articles.
 

HOW TO FIND SPECIFIC JOURNALS

If you want to find out if the Library has access to a particular journal title either in print or online follow these steps:

  1. Use the Journals@PLU link located in the navigation bar at top of the library website
  2. Type the name of the journal (for example, Journal of Popular Culture), then click the Browse button
  3. The next page lists the dates ranges & format options (online, microfilm, print) 
  4. Select your desired format:

For Print or Microform materials, click the link to  find the call number (see Interpreting Call Numbers); go upstairs and retrieve the journal

 

HOW TO FIND A SPECIFIC JOURNAL ARTICLE

 If you want to locate an article that was mentioned in another source,  for example:


Kimball, A. Samuel  "Not Begetting the future:  Technological autochthony, sexual reproduction, and the mythic structure of The Matrix." Journal of Popular Culture 35.3 (2001): 175-203


Follow steps 1-4 in "How to find a specific journal", then:

5.  Click on any link that includes the year 2001 in the "Dates Available column

  • For online access, drill down to locate the volume & issue you need (Vol. 35, issue 3) - then locate your article
  • For Print or Microform materials, click the link on the print line and find the call number (see Interpreting Call   Numbers on previous page); go upstairs and retrieve the journal

6.   If PLU doesn’t have the article, order it through Interlibrary Loan (see to right)

 

INTERPRETING CALL NUMBERS

How to read a call number:


                                                         Example from Catalog                                                                                                                                                                         

Call number from book spine--->

1)    Determine which floor based on the first letter(s) — See chart below                                                                   

      (for this example, locate the L section on the 2nd floor, then the LD section)

2)   Read the second line as a whole number (read 4461 as “four thousand four hundred sixty-one”)

3)    For the next line look for ‘P’, then read the 322 as a decimal (.P322=.322, .P742=.742) 

4)    Some call numbers, like this one, have more than one letter/number combination.  Read the

      next line just like you did the one above.

5)  2008 is the year of publication

 

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FINDING BOOKS

Once you have your call number, you are ready to retrieve your books and journals.  Here is a guide to the PLU library call numbers

 

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

What if PLU doesn’t own the book/article you want?

 Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service that allows current PLU  students, faculty & staff to receive books from other libraries. Some things to keep in mind when using ILL: 

Plan ahead!  Articles usually arrive in your email in 2-5 days--books can take 5-10 days 

Books can be picked up on the ILL shelf on the 1st floor.  Just take them to the Circulation desk for check out.

The Interlibrary Loan link can be found either,

a) within the catalog or database, or

b) in the navigation bar at the top of the library website

 Never used it?  Click on First Time Users link

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE

Remember!

Librarians are here

to help

Librarians are available to help you with your research.

  • In person and appointments:

Mon.-Wed., 9am-7pm ; 

Thurs.-Fri. 9am-5pm

  • Chat 24/7: use the Ask-a-Librarian link on the library website 24 hours a day
  • Phone: 253-535-7507
  • Email: ref@plu.edu

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